murasaki_sky (murasaki_sky) wrote in aramatheydidnt,
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SMAP and Arashi to represent for Tokyo Olympics game?




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Johnny's is taking steps to represent themselves as a candidate for the Tokyo Olympics game and they will be presented as a non-partisan unit called JA JAPAN.


"Various idol groups including AKB group have stood out as candidates for the Tokyo Olympic Games.  However, Johnny's as a more successful organization in Asia, it's natural that they have a big part in the Olympics.  Even though it is in seven years, Arashi and SMAP will be used as a core, and it will be a nonpartisan unit called JA JAPAN which consists of 100 people!


However, there is a sore point to all this.  To the Western world, Johnny's is famous for child pornography and the child sexual harrassment trial of Johnny Kitagawa vs Shukan Bunshun.   In 2002, the Johnny's side won the case against Bunshun and demanded an apology but Bunshun appealed the verdict to Tokyo High Court.  And on July 15, 2003 the Tokyo High Court overturned the ruling of the Lower Court and upheld the child molestation charges against Johnny Kitagawa.   An appeal by Johnny's side was rejected by the Supreme Court in Feb 2004.  For this reason, Johnny Kitagawa cannot appear as the head of J&A in the Olympics.  They'll need to do some house cleaning.  In seven years, Johnny will be near 90 years old.  It appears he'll step down and retire.  The future president position is now being fought for by Julie Keiko Fujishima and Miki Iijima.


Source: johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
Tags: johnnys entertainment, sports
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